The Mind Research Institute: Teaching Math Without Words
This morning I was looking on line to see what kind of things are being done in elementary schools, to teach math visually and came across this video; Teaching Math Without Words: A Visual Approach to Learning Math Through Software.
In the video Dr. Matthew Peterson shares some great insights on why the current language heavy approach to teaching math is not working, especially for children that learn visually and conceptually. In answer to these challenges, their group, The Mind Research Institute has developed math-learning software to use in the classroom and is yielding impressive results. This video includes examples of their software – which I must admit – move way too fast for me to fully grasp. But when seeing the children working and discussing, in front of their computers, the programs seem to move at a pace that invites engagement and understanding.
Their goal is to improve test scores – while also increasing mathematical thinking. While computer programs will never replace real tactile, hands-on manipulatives and activity, this type of solution is helpful for large groups of students. There are great success stories for visual thinkers and children with dyslexia and autism.
Enjoy the video and tell me what you think:
Teaching Math Without Words: A visual Approach to Learning Math Through Software
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